Artists and creative people know that art, or their own work that they love, is INTENSIVE PLAY. There must be an aspect of passion about our work. Successful teachers who are in the profession for the long haul have this passionate inventive playfulness and intensity. Incorporating a space for on the job sabbaticals, without the need to take time away from the job, but have time on the job to play intensively in the areas of education you love will foster creative thinking and passionate, smart teaching.
this article references the culture at Google. I don't think we need to directly copy what Google has done, but we can learn how to create on the job sabbatical time.
A Smithsonian article sites evidence on why intensive play is good for children and promotes deeper thinking. Quote: "We found children (Adults) who were better at pretending (thinking about 'what if') could reason better about counterfactuals—they were better at thinking about different possibilities. And thinking about possibilities plays a crucial role in the latest understanding about how children (people) learn.
Let's think about how purposeful, intensive, playful research can be incorporated into our classroom environment, not just for kids, but for teachers.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/let-the-children-play-its-good-for-them-130697324/#1VVWHOErXyQkiQR6.99
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